One of our main works is intercession. At
the Watch of Intercession before the altar, each Sister takes her
turn daily to intercede for the needs of the whole world and for
those for whom our prayers have been asked, remembering that the
life-giving blood of Jesus was poured out for all people in his
death and that his redeeming love is always present with us.
the Watch of Intercession, each day has its special focus:
- we pray especially for the Mission of the Church and those in
- we pray for those in sickness or old age, the departed and the
- we pray for ecological concerns, education, industry and
- we pray for the Royal Family, Central and Local Government,
the Armed Forces and Merchant Navy and the Prison Service
- we pray for the unity of all Christians, for those of other
Faiths and for all who are persecuted for their faith
- we pray for all Religious Communities and for all connected
- we pray for family life.
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More about Intercession
We are all baptised
into Christ's death and resurrection and become living members of
His body, united with him "who ever lives to make
intercession for us". We therefore become channels of
Christ's resurrection life.
However, while we are
on earth, intercession also entails, for us, "filling up in
our bodies that which is lacking in the sufferings of Christ".
Throughout the whole of our Lord's incarnate life, a deeper drama
than human eye could see was going on - a battle between good and
evil. Anyone who enters into real prayer will come up against this
mystery. It was not suffering, as such, which redeemed the world but
the power of love behind it. Our Lord's suffering on the cross was
the greatest act of love possible, where he took upon Himself all
the hatred that has been unleashed in the world for all time. At
every Eucharist we tap into this timeless act which was done not
only "once for all" but also "once, for all" and
we ask to be united with His sacrifice of love.
In our Community we
unite our prayer of intercession with that of Calvary as we keep
Watch of Intercession before the Eucharistic Presence on the altar.
To lift up another by name before God is intercession. Every loving
thought or prayer or deed will then be for that other's good.
Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words
cannot express and he who searches our hearts knows the
mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the
saints in accordance with God's will"
Romans 8: 26